Frost River Gears Up for Christmas City of the North Parade

By KBJR News 1

November 14, 2012 Updated Nov 17, 2012 at 1:12 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.COM) -- The Christmas City of the North Parade began over fifty years ago for the simple reason of promoting downtown Duluth businesses.
That's still important but the parade has become an institution in itself.

Dave Anderson stopped by one of the businesses making a float to see how things are going as the deadline approaches.

Henry the Caribou is the mascot of the Frost River Pack Company in Duluth.
The store's owner got the disembodied head at an auction.

"Obviously some hunter spent a lot of money to get him and probably got him and realized his wife didn't want it in the living room," said Christian Benson.

Now Henry is coming off the wall of Frost River to go on the front of a truck for the company's Christmas City of the North Parade float.
Frost River employees are looking forward to taking part.
Dawn Moen hasn't taken part since she was a student at Northwestern.

"I can't wait. I haven't done it since I was in the high school marching band so it was quite a few years ago," said Dwan Moen.

Frost River is shooting for a James Bond theme for the float.
The latest Bond actor and the pack makers have a connection.

"It's main character, Daniel Craig, is a customer of Frost River and we have a bunch of photos of him carrying our pack around New York City."

Apart from taking the caribou off the wall and portaging the company canoe from wall to floor, not much else has been done to complete the outdoors pack slash super-spy float.

"We will get it done in time. We always come through. Yeah," said Moen.

The Christmas City of the North Parade will air on KBJR 6 this Friday evening for those who don't come down to downtown Duluth in person.

The parade will also be broadcasted on the CW station following the parade Friday night.